Make Every Day a Day for Play!

Make Every Day a Day for Play!



June 11 is International Day of Play, a United Nations initiative designed to highlight that play is never just play!

There are so many reasons to support the power of play and the role of play in supporting children’s development.

Endorsed by our multi-disciplinary therapy team, we look at how the 5 developmental areas below are supported by play!

  1. Physical development

Active play uses large and small muscle groups and supports strength and physical development. Active play tailored to your child’s abilities can promote an active lifestyle, support physical growth and support the development of physical skills needed for self-care such as dressing, this in turn increases your child’s independence.

  1. Social development

Play brings children together. Sometimes in the playground and sometimes in a magical place of their own imagination! Play teaches the development of skills needed for life including decision-making, negotiation, teamwork and understanding others’ points of view. It also helps to increase self- confidence in social groups by experiencing successes and challenges.

  1. Emotional development

Closely aligned with emotional development, play is so good for your child’s emotional developmental too. Playing with others supports children to control their emotions and reduce impulsive behaviour. In dramatic and imaginative play, such as role play, children have the opportunity to act out feelings and events that may be worrying them which can reduce stress and anxiety.

  1. Cognitive

When your child plays with others and/or by themselves, their cognitive skills, such as thinking, paying attention, remembering and learning are all being developed. Play improves children’s problem-solving ability, concentration and persistence. It also helps children to learn concepts such as colours, shapes, counting, measurement and letter recognition.

  1. Literacy & Numeracy

Building on cognitive development, play promotes literacy. Through play, children increase the number of words that they understand and use, improve their speaking and listening skills, learn how stories work. They learn how objects can stand for something else which is the basis of understanding a symbol system and they learn that numbers, letters and words have a purpose and are meaningful.

At Xavier, we believe that everyday is a day for play and that play should be accessible to all.  

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